The luck of the draw has been felt in Brighton and Hove in recent years with our residents scooping some life-changing prize money, and lottery-funded grants making a big difference to our community groups and charities. The National Lottery has raised millions for charities, voluntary groups, heritage sites, the arts, sports, environment, and education sectors across the UK. Additionally, its lucky prize winners have seen their lives transformed beyond recognition when their numbers come up.
The pan-European lottery EuroMillions gave us even more options to win some staggering prize amounts. Yet some of the largest jackpots won have been scooped by EuroMillions players, from Switzerland, France, and Portugal – and here in Brighton and Hove, we’ve had a few notable success stories too!
A Winning Combination
February 2014 saw an anonymous Brighton and Hove EuroMillions winner finally come forward a full month after the draw to claim nearly £600,000 in winnings, with a local 2011 National Lottery winner only claiming their £3 million jackpot a full three months after the draw following a frantic national search for the ticketholder. Sadly, 2014 also saw a £1 million-winning EuroMillions ticket known to have been bought in Brighton and Hove go unclaimed within the 180-day holding period. In these circumstances, the unclaimed prize money is donated to the country where the ticket was purchased – in the UK, that’s the National Lottery’s Good Causes Fund.
Brighton and Hove’s cultural heritage and community groups have certainly been grateful recipients of this winning combination.
February 2020 saw funding released for 14 projects across Brighton and Hove to help continue their inspirational work. This included BrightonSoup’s £1,000 award to attract new community-focused projects. Other projects such as Pegasus Puppetry and Arts received £600 to develop new works aimed at people with learning disabilities as well as young refugees in our area. £1 million was also awarded to the Royal Pavilion Estate. This was added to the previous £4.823 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to refurbish the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, one of our visitor attractions that boosts our tourist economy.
Play for You – and Our Community
Of course, there are many other lottery schemes out there to appeal to anybody’s charitable leanings, with the People’s Postcode Lottery particularly popular for its donations to local charities. In 2020, several Brighton and Hove residents won £1,000 each when their street’s postcode came up. Don’t forget our very own Brighton & Hove Community Lottery with a top prize of £25,000 and all profits going straight back into our local charities and voluntary community groups.
The main message from any lottery operator from the EuroMillions through to community-focused draws is the safety and security of playing online via one-off payments or regular Direct Debit. No more misplaced, lost, or forgotten winning tickets! Whatever great causes the lottery you play with supports, playing your numbers online ensures they profit and you won’t miss out if you’re lucky enough to be Brighton and Hove’s next big winner!